Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sweep.Vacuum. Swifer. Steam Mop.

Yesterday was NOT my day. Everything I did, or wanted to do failed miserably. I got 4 hours of sleep due to no one other than me. {I haven't been sleeping since we moved in.} My head was hurting and I was certain I'd crook if I didn't get sleep soon.

I made it through breakfast without hurting any small people. They played awesome all morning allowing me to relax. Delainey refused to eat lunch and finally the lack of sleep hit me and I HAD to lay down. I gave the girls a bowl of crackers while they watched a little tv as I laid on the couch. Bentley squealed the whole time because he in convinced that sitting on the couch is just far more fun. I finally open my eyes and sit up to half a box of crackers crushed on my floor.

It's almost like you can't even be mad at them because you know it's because I was laying down. So that initially started my floor cleaning. As most of you know I'm pretty OCD. I don't like clutter and I like things neat. Every other night I sweep and steam mop. And the opposite days I vacuum. Some may call that obsessive, I call that having 3 kids. I don't ever want someone at my house drop something and be terrified to pick it up. I use to not care about the floors being clean but I finally found something that easily cleans the floor. {my precious steam mop} I normally do this at night to avoid little feet print but knew I was lasting much longer in the day. Bentley thought it was better than all his toys to crawl super fast then slide on his belly across the wet floor. You could say he was helping. So after my hour long floor endeavor I put the meatloaf together for dinner.

My husband was home so I put the meat loaf in the oven and went to lay down while Bentley was napping. A 30 minute cat nap and a shower and I felt so much better. I thought my awful day was behind me. I come downstairs to finish dinner. I then realize my potatoes aren't cooking and the green beans aren't the kind the kids like. The meat loaf looks done so I go to take it out to look at it, dumped the entire thing into the bottom of the oven. I of course said a few choice words and walked away. I came back and my husband being awesome and a garbage disposal as always says, "I'll still eat it." Of course he will. Luckily I had just set a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven, most of it landed on that. I scooped it all up put it back in the pan and finished cooking it. That's the best part. It wasn't even done. The whole house reeked of smoke. The doors and windows were open but it wasn't going any where.

The meat loaf was still good, my mashed potatoes were fully cooked and well there was no hope for the green beans. I am now sitting by the oven waiting for it to steam clean so I can finish scrubbing the remains of meatloaf Monday off the bottom of the oven. Here's to pizza Tuesday!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wait, what?

We're you aware there were two types of dryers? If not let me fill you in. There are gas dryers and electric dryers. I will never understand why anyone would buy a gas dryer seeing as you can always use an electric dryer.

After a week at the new house I finally had everything on the walls and all boxes unpacked. I then realized I had a 2ft pile of laundry. I got tired of asking my husband to plug them up so I took it upon my self. I hooked up the washer, started a load. My washer made so much noise i had to stop it. I was worried because our washer and dryer sat so long and were moved so much that they has gotten broken. But I then went to plug up the dryer. I sat on top of it staring at the wall for a good 20 minutes before I realized we had a hose on our dryer that our wall did not have a place for. I didn't think much into it and figured I was just being a girl.

The next day I asked my husband to do it. I was at the doctor with our youngest and got the text "So, you want a new dryer?" Well as much as I adore appliances our bank account just isn't a fan. He then informed me of our issue. We have a gas dryer, our house is set up for electric. Only I can pull this off. We used the dryer in 2 houses in CA so we just assume they are more popular out there. I searched on Craigslist and Lejeune yard sales for a dryer that would work for us. No such luck. I'm a freak and needed them to be very similar or I would probably cry every time I went in the laundry room.

We go to Lowe's Monday afternoon. {The one NOT on the busiest street in Jacksonville to avoid traffic} They of course didn't have the dryer that was the new electric version of our old one. But no worries the Lowe's in the middle of all the chaos had 5! Of course they did. My reaction to this news was not as pleasant as I'm typing it but it had been a long day, I didn't want to spend the money nor did I want to drive down Western. We get to the next Lowe's and found a few dinged nicer dryers on sale but I still knew I needed them to match. So we went ahead and bought the one we originally planned on. It was 10% off plus our 10% military discount. Success. At least we got a good deal right? But did you guys also know that the power cord isn't included? You seriously have to buy a cord. That just blows my mind for some reason.The guy said "Soonest we can get it to you is Thursday" "Of course it is." was my response. He was not a fan of my attitude but then said oh well if you need it sooner we can get it to you tomorrow afternoon. How can you go from Thursday to Tuesday afternoon?!

Either way it finally arrived and the delivery man thought it was hilarious we had a gas dryer. He said he had been delivering them for years and had never seen one. Only I could buy something so dumb. He goes to put the dryer in place to realize there's not enough room. The vent coming from outside sticks out 4-5 inches so the dryer has to sit about 1.5feet from the wall. Super annoying when trying to transfer laundry from washer to dryer.

I've done 12 loads of laundry since and I guess there's not much more to complain about because I'm not washing clothes by hand!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finally Have a House!

I have so much to say and most of it is unrelated. I suppose I'll have to separate it all into a few blogs or you guys will be reading for hours. Not to mention I still don't have Internet and my fingers may fall off if I have to type that much on my phone.

On May 1st I told my husband to email the housing lady to ask if we could paint before we moved in. {When we were signing the lease she told me there was no way it'd be done sooner than the 9th} I didn't want to sound dumb because I was certain her answer would be no. To my surprise I was wrong. Her response was "Mr.Burke, Your house has been ready, if you'd like to schedule a sooner appointment to pick up your keys please let me know." Please tell me where she missed the memo that I was homeless? In ever email I mentioned something about it. So of course he emailed back and said YES as soon as possible. That whole day I was freaking out because I was going to have to paint alone due to the timing of our move. However, by switching the date my sister and best friend were able to help. {Thank goodness. I'm certain I would of given up had they not been there.}

My husband picked up the keys Thursday morning. We finally got the house! Friday I attempted to leave early. In true Meridith fashion I had a problem. I stopped to get gas only to find out my card was deactivated. I had $18 in my pocket. That would get me to the highway, maybe. I call Navy Fed to find out someone had tried to use my card at a hotel in Iowa ? Who wants to stay in Iowa? After explaining I had no other source of money the lady had me stay on the phone while I filled my tank so she could then deactivate my card again.

I arrive at the house around 3. Danielle gets there at 3:30. I had a splitting was ache. We started painting right away. We quickly realize the walls are eating paint. My husband swears it was us but we used an entire gallon of pain in a 14x10ft room. Seems a bit unreal. We finally headed to the stinky apartment around 11 that night, covered in paint, and head pounding.

Saturday we spent most of the day taping of diamonds in Bentley's room. The painting was so the quickest park. By 8:30 we started Kylie's room which to my surprise was the easiest. Those both turned out amazing!

Sunday my helpers left so it was up to my husband and I. We were taping stripes until 2pm. Ran out of paint, had to get more. The new paint was a little darker. Room looks like crap. I cry every time I look at how bad it turned out. But it was time to start unpacking. We had already spent all our time painting and the kids were coming in 2 days.

I will post pictures once the Internet is up! :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Table Trouble

I have wanted a new kitchen table since the day my plates stuck to the table we repainted. We never bought a table of our "own" since my mom gave us a perfectly good one to have. When we arrived in CA we repainted the top white and the legs black. Fail. It didn't look all that great and everything stuck to the table. So before we moved into our second CA house I peeled 85% of the paint off sitting at the table then finally Ryan stripped the paint. We then stained the table and touched up the chairs. It looked so much better! But unfortunately for Ryan I still hated the table. I tend to be fine with things until we move then I quickly make sure to get new things for the new house.

Seeing as we have had almost 4 months to look at tables you'd think I would have already purchased and had my table for the big move. Negative batman, negative. About 3 weeks ago is when I really started looking at tables. The one I like my husband went to look at in Jacksonville but I really wanted to see it my self before buying it. Of course the store here didn't carry that table. I then fell in love with another table. And again of course the Jacksonville store didn't carry the new table I liked. It became such a pain and when someone says, " I'll have to call you back once I know that answer." Just know they will never call you back.

If we ordered the table from this store it would take 2 weeks and at this point there were not 2 weeks left. Therefore we wouldn't be here when the table got here and they never called back to let us know if they could deliver to Jacksonville. So long story short ordering from the store was a no go. I searched and searched for this table online and found an online retailer that had free shipping and no tax. How could I pass up that option. I woke up Saturday morning and bought my table!! My husband told me I have a serious shopping problem because of how excited I was to buy the table. But it was not spending the money that got me excited, it was buying our first family table. It says it takes 1-3 weeks to ship, I keep joking that it will be either 1 week because we wont have a house yet or it will take months and I wont have a table.

My brother in law will be stationed at Lejeune as well as my husbands best friend so I figure there will be quite a few people joining us for dinner here and there. Which now I just realized I'm agreeing to cook for people. Dang it! But no worries because I will have 96 inches of table to accommodate them with. :)

Aint it so purty?